caliphate [kā′lə fət, kal′ə fāt′]
The definition of a caliphate is the rule of, or land ruled by, an Islamic political leader.noun
An example of a caliphate is an Islamic leader believed to be directly descended from Muhummad.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
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- the rank or reign of a caliph
- the land ruled by a caliph
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The office or jurisdiction of a caliph. The last caliphate was held by Ottoman Turkish sultans until it was abolished by Kemal Atatürk in 1924.